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Postby WUng_1D » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:05 pm

How do radicals affect bond shapes, is it considered another region of electron density?

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Re: Radicals

Postby claudia_1h » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:06 pm

Yes, Dr. Lavelle mentioned in class that the lone electron is considered as one region of e- density.

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Re: Radicals

Postby Christine Honda 2I » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:08 pm

The VESPR theory applies to radicals, and they can be counted as electron densities. For example, in CH3 you have 7 total electrons it's going to be a trigonal planar you're going to have the Carbon as the central atom that is bonded to 3 H's and then you have one electron (unpaired lone pair) on the central atom of carbon.

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Re: Radicals

Postby Martina » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:08 pm

Yes, a radical with a single electron is still considered a domain for the electron geometry.

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Re: Radicals

Postby 005206171 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:25 pm

I thought CH3 would be trigonal pyramidal because of its tetrahedral geometry and 1 LP bonding region but it's trigonal planar.

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Re: Radicals

Postby SVajragiri_1C » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:33 pm

A radical is considered a region of electron density and affects bond length as other lone electron pairs do.

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